Southern Tier Economic Growth (STEG), a private, not-for-profit organization, has approved a resolution supporting “responsible” hydraulic fracturing.

STEG’s resolution states “promoting economic development and creating jobs to support residents is a primary responsibility of the state.” It also “commends the state leadership at the Department of Environmental Conservation for developing a comprehensive statewide program to address the development of natural gas resources.”

When the state finally gets around to finalizing its environmental review of natural gas development through hydraulic fracturing – it is now in its fourth year of its review – we could see the creation of as many as 15,000 new jobs in the state’s Southern Tier.

And the low-cost natural gas that will be supplied should be good for Upstate’s manufacturers and other large energy users as well.